Most and least patriotic states in the U.S.

How patriotic is your state? Just in time for Independence Day comes a new list ranking each state on their level of patriotism for 2015.

Top 10 Most Patriotic States:
10. Georgia
9. South Carolina
8. New Hampshire
7. North Carolina
6. Maine
5. Alaska
4. Idaho
3. Colorado
2. Washington
1. Virginia

Consumer website WalletHub pooled data surrounding both the military and civic engagement of all 50 states to rank each on their level of patriotism.

The website reported a waning of patriotism in recent years, with 38 percent of Americans believing the U.S.A. to be the greatest country in the world in 2013, and that number falling to 28 percent in 2014. Wanting to discover where patriotism is still the strongest, WalletHub created a series of metrics they believe indicate love for community and country.

The criteria for indicating the level of patriotism within a state population consisted of:
  • Percent of residents enlisted in the military in 2013

  • Most veterans per capita

  • Number of active-duty military personnel

  • Frequency of Google searches for American flags

  • Most Peace Corps volunteers per capita

  • Highest percent of residents who voted in most recent presidential election

  • Volunteer rate

  • Civics education requirement




Ranking of State's Patriotism, Least to Greatest:
50. New York
49. New Jersey
48. Rhode Island
47. Utah
46. West Virginia
45. Arkansas
44. Connecticut
43. Illinois
42. Louisiana
41. Pennsylvania
40. Massachusetts
39. Nevada
38. Kentucky
36.North Dakota
36.Indiana
35. California
34. Minnesota
33. Texas
32. Iowa
31. Vermont
30. Arizona
29. Tennessee
28. Michigan
27. Delaware
26. New Mexico
25. Mississippi
24. Hawaii
23. South Dakota
22. Kansas
21. Oklahoma
20. Wisconsin
19. Wyoming
18. Maryland
17. Ohio
16. Nebraska
15. Oregon
14. Florida
13. Alabama
12. Montana
11. Missouri
10. Georgia
9. South Carolina
8. New Hampshire
7. North Carolina
6. Maine
5. Alaska
4. Idaho
3. Colorado
2. Washington
1. Virginia

Where does your home state rank? Do you agree with these results? Let us know in the comments.
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